Technical lead on Construction LCA
Instead of changing one building at a time why not use your knowledge to lead the transition to Net Zero Carbon buildings for the whole of Ireland!
WHO IS THE IRISH GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL?
The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) was established in 2011 as an independent, non-profit membership organisation, with over 180 members to provide leadership in the transformation to a sustainable built environment. The IGBC is made up of the most progressive organisations working in the Irish Property and construction sector. We communicate, advocate, educate, innovate, motivate,collarborate and accelerate for a sustainable built environment.
It is affiliated and active within the World Green Building Council, the largest organisation influencing sustainable construction worldwide. IGBC is now at an exciting stage of its development as it builds capacity for Net Zero Whole Life Carbon.
WHO DO WE NEED?
We need someone to support our members and industry make the transition to Net Zero Carbon buildings across their full life cycle. You have not only the technical expertise but the advocacy and communication skills to drive uptake and prepare the ground for regulations in Ireland. You will form part of a new unit within IGBC made up of 2-3 staff focused exclusively on Life Cycle Carbon and Circularity in construction including the implementation of the Level(s) framework and its integration into procurement both private and public. You will help plot out the roadmap for Ireland in consultation with industry and government.
You are joining a small (6 currently) but growing staff, so the key requirement is the flexibility to work across a wide range of activities and projects. We are working on a number of projects related to Life Cycle Carbon and Circularity including www.lifelevels.eu
Ideally you will have a strong background in research perhaps with a related PhD and/or construction sustainability consultancy with practical experience of carrying out or advising on construction LCA, perhaps in another European country. You should also have good English, oral and written communication skills, with the ability to make clear and engaging presentations. Much of this role will involve consultation with stakeholders. You have a technical understanding of the Irish, UK regulation, or European building regulations/EPBD directives and have sufficient relevant education background to support ongoing research and advocacy requirements. You understand the key drivers for changing the sector.
Highly motivated, detail focused without losing the bigger picture. Whilst we are looking for someone with a technical background, you need to be able to communicate it to ordinary construction professionals, politicians and lay people in non-technical language. You should have the flexibility required to work on highly diverse projects. You will be willing to travel nationally or internationally, once Covid 19 restrictions lifted.
Responsibilities will include:
- Working on our Whole Life Zero Carbon programme including definition of Net Zero Carbon certification.
- Developing high quality materials and delivering LCA education and leading large scale hands on national LCA literacy programme including training in Life Cycle Assessment to Irish professionals, architects and engineers, consultants including use of tools such as One Click LCA.
- Providing support to our members and broader industry.
- Engaging with industry and government stakeholders.
- Supporting development of a national generic digital API enabled LCA database for construction products and integrating, digitizing our EPD Ireland programme data, for use in all LCA/BIM tools.
- Providing technical support for industry campaigns associated with LCA or Net Zero Carbon commitment.
- Researching international policies related to LCA and embodied carbon.
- Leading innovation in the construction sector around LCA
- Technical support to our Home Performance Index certification.
- Supporting policy policy makers and procurers with research-based evidence.
- Writing new funding proposals related to LCA,embodied carbon and circularity.
Qualifications and Experience required
Ideally 3rd level post-graduate/ PhD qualifications with background in construction or consultant with extensive construction LCA experience.
- Construction related primary degree, Architecture, Engineering.
- Experience in the Irish or European construction sector of practical application of LCA.
- Detailed knowledge of EN15804 and EN 15978 standards.
- Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
- Exceptional project management, organisational and time management skills.
- Experience of research through post graduate programme or other.
- Experience in the Irish or UK construction sector and practical application of LCA.
- Training and educational skills.
- Understanding of quality assurance schemes.
- Experience of writing funding proposals.
Indicative Salary €37,000 – €49,000 commensurate with experience, skills and qualifications and subject to negotiation for the right candidate. This will be initially a two-year fixed contract which can be extended with a six-month probationary period. We can consider remote working or part time contracts due to living costs in Dublin but should be available for regular in office meetings in our 19 Mountjoy Square office, Dublin 1, meetings with policy makers and training provision.(once Covid 19 restrictions relaxed)
If you believe that you are the right person to help us transform our industry, send a CV and a cover letter outlining (in one page) what you would bring to the position and the IGBC to Pat(at)igbc.ie.